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Gluten Free Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop


Ingredients for cake:

  • One box of gluten free yellow cake mix Wow, that hurts to see the word ‘box' here.
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee preferably pastured butter + 2 Tablespoons melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk read about healthy milk options here
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 organic or chemical-free apples apples are a highly sprayed crop, chopped into small pieces

Ingredients for salted caramel frosting:

  • 2 cups organic cane sugar yes, that's a lot of sugar, but that's how you make homemade caramel, and this isn't something you will make very often!
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup palm shortening melted
  • ½ cup butter or ghee melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups organic confectioner’s sugar


Instructions for cake:

  • Mix the cake according to directions using the ingredients above, and also add in the salt and cinnamon, then stir in the apples. Using a rubber spatula, scoop the batter into a buttered bundt pan.    
  • Bake at 350* for about 42-44 minutes.  Just feel the top to see if it feels fairly firm and then it's done.  Let it cool as directed on the box.

Instructions for frosting:

  • Stir sugar, milk, palm shortening, butter and baking soda in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, continuing to stir as it cooks.  Cook until it's at about 235*, but I got sick of checking it with my thermometer, so I just watched until it started turning a brown color and thickened up, being careful not to let it burn.  Until you've made it a few times, just go with the thermometer.  Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes.  Pour into the Bosch or another mixer, and using the whip attachments, whip it until it has cooled even more.
  • Then add the other butter, salt, and sugar, but add the confectioner sugar slowly, and mix on high for a few seconds every so often to incorporate air in. You may not need all of the sugar, or you may need a bit more to get it to the right consistency.
  • My first batch frosted perfectly.  With my next batch I got too impatient and the frosting was a little more thin, so I just drizzled it over each piece.  I served this with vanilla ice cream, be sure to make homemade vanilla ice cream if you have a few extra minutes because it's so much better.  Note:  This amount of frosting was enough for 1 1/2 cakes, so feel free to use the extra to dip your apples into for more dreamy-liciousness.  This frosting was adapted from a recipe I found online here.